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#1 mojavestorm

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 03:12 PM

Hey guys, sorry to put my problems off on everyone, but I've spent many hours trying to figure this out and still at a dead end. Any help is appreciated.

I'm trying to fix a friends computer because of crazy intense malware problems, and I used Autoruns to delete some of the start up programs since I was unable to run any sort of scan, and basically couldn't do anything on Windows.

In my search I found userinit.exe and looked in the bleepingcomputer database, and all I saw was red X's, so I figured this was something running that didn't need to be. And you guessed it, I deleted userinit.exe and I am no longer able to log into windows.

I downloaded a windows XP cd (legit, not pirated) and I went into recovery console and attempted a fix that has been working for everyone else on the internet.

After choosing the C:\Windows installation and entering the admin password, I type the following

cd system32 [enter]
copy userinit.exe wsaupdater.exe [enter]

Console says to me:

"The system cannot find the file specified."

so I typed

dir wsa*

"No matching files were found."

I also searched for userinit.exe and it of course wasn't there.

So I guess my problem is that I have some System32 files missing and I'm not sure how to restore them. I tried accessing F:\Windows (on the boot cd) but the access is denied.

I am completely stuck, and reformatting really isn't an option. I appreciate the help and time! Thanks.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:07 PM

The way to restore missing system files:

a. The sfc /scannow command

LEARN how to use SFC.EXE (system file checker) in this article! - http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

b. Repair install of XP

How to perform a repair installation of Windows XP if Internet Explorer 7 is installed - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917964

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install (Stevens) - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

I'm curious as to what website you used to download a legitimate copy of any version of XP, I may want to use it :thumbsup:.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 04:36 PM

Hey Louis, thanks for the quick reply.

As I am unable to log into windows, I can't go to start> run> sfc /scannow. I can access the Recovery Console, but I am unsure of where sfc.exe is located, will I be able to run it from the recovery console?

I was unable to try http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=917964 as I cannot log into Windows. :thumbsup:

I attempted http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm earlier and when I choose which installation to repair, there was no "R" option for me, so I exited and tried going into recovery console and typed "bootcfg." As the guide instructed in Warning #2

What I got was a list of all the /actions for the bootcfg, and I was unsure of which one to use, I'm unsure if you know which one I should use or not.

I was able to attain a legitimate copy of Windows XP through an EAST program in my area that I am part of. They have a contract/deal with Microsoft to allow them to download and order free copies of their products (from a select list). It's pretty cool, but sorry I'm unable to share it with you as it requires login :flowers:. It would be handy if Microsoft did just hand out repair cd's for free, haha

Thanks for your time with this.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 06:12 PM

You'll have to extract userinit.exe from an install CD (as I recall there's different versions for SP2 and SP3) and place it back in the System32 sub-directory.

Then, if it still doesn't work, you may have to go registry diving to restore the userinit entry in the registry.
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 06:30 PM

I'm curious as to what website you used to download a legitimate copy of any version of XP, I may want to use it

You'd have to go back to school, Louis :thumbsup:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EAST_Initiative

http://www.eastinitiative.org/
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Posted 08 January 2009 - 06:42 PM

You'll have to extract userinit.exe from an install CD (as I recall there's different versions for SP2 and SP3) and place it back in the System32 sub-directory.

Then, if it still doesn't work, you may have to go registry diving to restore the userinit entry in the registry.



Is there a way to go around the access denied on the CD? I tried nabbing the userinit.exe from it but it said access denied :thumbsup:

If not, can anyone guide me in registry diving? Never done it from recovery console lol.

Thanks for the help guys

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 07:09 PM

Thanks, Mark :thumbsup:...I tried looking it up via Google and gave up when I tagged Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

I've been clueless before and will be again (it goes so well with me) :flowers:.

Louis

Edited by hamluis, 08 January 2009 - 07:10 PM.


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Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:38 PM

You can download copies of XP from TechNet or MSDN - if you're a subscriber.
Last I checked the subscription ran $1400 a year :thumbsup:

Edited by usasma, 08 January 2009 - 08:38 PM.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 08:57 PM

Thanks, John.

I've learned a few things today, hopefully my brain will retain them :thumbsup:.

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Posted 08 January 2009 - 09:15 PM

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Posted 09 January 2009 - 07:41 PM

If I copy a valid userinit.exe file from the installation .iso i burned to the disk, will I be able to burn that as a data disc and use that in the recovery console and insert it into C:\Windows\SYSTEM32?




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